Erect wind turbines, solar panels to cut energy bills, Plaid Cymru councillor urges Caerphilly councillor

02/11/2018

Councillor Rob Gough

Plaid Cymru councillor Rob Gough has called on Caerphilly council to examine installing its own wind turbines and installing solar panels to cut rising electricity bills.

Councillor Rob Gough, who represents Llanbradach ward, made the appeal during discussion of future lighting and energy saving proposals at the council’s regeneration scrutiny committee.

Councillor Gough said: “The council should look proactively at generating its own electricity though the erection of wind turbines on council land and the installation of solar panels on all council buildings, for example, schools, offices and industrial units.

“There is also an opportunity to install solar panels on land owned by the council And there is no reason why the council cannot generate most, if not all, of its electricity.

“Officers warned that charges for supplying our electricity was going to increase regularly over the next couple of years. My view is that the council is being held to ransom by the power companies like residents across the county borough. Generating our own electricity would not be difficult and is something that could be done fairly quickly. There is also funding available through the council’s Invest to Save strategy for which this project would be ideal.

“I’m pleased that members of the committee supported my proposal. If acted on quickly, this could save the council a lot of money and the authority would not have to look at annual cuts to street lighting and other services.”

He also moved and the committee agreed to a proposal which would mean part light areas between midnight and 5.30am except junctions and major town centres and convert all lighting to LED.

“This decision requires the lamp-posts to remain in place. Other options required the lampposts to be removed after a short period of time. Should circumstances change, there would be no chance of relighting the areas where the posts had been removed. This will lead to savings of £939,840 and carbon reduction savings of 2836 tonnes.”